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The supporting technical exhibition of the 16th ICSMGE will feature 89 companies from around the world. As part of the special preview of the Osaka conference, GE takes a look at some of the products and services on show.

BAT Geosystems Vallentuna, Sweden Contact: Sven Torstensson Tel: +46 (0)8 511 70600 Fax: +46 (0)8 511 73361 Email: info@bat-gms. com www. bat-gms. com Specialises in geotechnical and geoenvironmental field investigations. Its Groundwater Monitoring System includes a piezometer for measurement/logging of pore pressures, a permeameter for insitu measurement of soil permeability and a discrete groundwater sampler.

Bauer Maschinen Schrobenhausen, Germany Contact: Herbert Kuh Tel: + 49 8252 971221 Fax: + 49 8252 971135 Email: herbert. kuh@bauer. de www. bauer. de Range includes rotary drilling rigs, drilling tools, diaphragm walling cutters, hydraulic grabs, small diameter drilling rigs, decanters and mixing and desanding plants.

Durham Geo Slope Indicator Georgia, US Contact: Ivan Varlamoff Tel: +1 770 465 7557 Fax: +1 770 465 7447 Email: www. dgsi. info Manufactures geotechnical and environmental products, including sensors to monitor tilt, displacement, pressure and strain in soil, rock, concrete and steel structures. Also makes instruments for testing soil, concrete and asphalt and pumps to monitor and remove contaminated groundwater.

GDS Instruments Hook, UK Contact: Bruce Menzies Tel: +44 1256 382450 Fax: +44 1256 382451 Email: info@gdsinstruments. com www. gdsinstruments. com Designs, supplies and manufactures advanced laboratory systems for geotechnical engineers, including software based triaxial testing systems for soils and rocks, unsaturated soil testing, specialist shear boxes, hollow cylinder apparatus, resonant column, dynamic triaxial testing, stress path testing and advanced transducers (bender elements, suction probes).

GeoMil Equipment Alphen a/d Rijn, The Netherlands Contact: Ernst Wassenaar Tel: +31 172 427800 Fax: +31 172 427801 Email: info@geomil. com www. geomil. com Has more than 70 years experience manufacturing cone penetration testing (CPT) equipment and is one of the world's leading manufacturers of CPT technology.

Giken Seisakusho Co Tokyo, Japan Contact: Masakazu Morita Tel: +81 3 3528 1630 Fax: +81 3 3527 6055 international@giken. com www. giken. com Giken Silent Piling Technologies manufactures the Silent Piler, an environmentally friendly press-in piling system. It minimises environmental impact, eliminating vibration and reducing noise during piling.

Hazama Corporation Tokyo, Japan Contact: Isamu Sandambata Tel: + 81 29 858 8813 Fax: +81 29 858 8819 Email: sandan@hazama. co. jp www. hazama. co. jp Established in 1889, Hazama is one of Japan's leading construction companies. Its projects include large scale infrastructure involving tunnels, bridges and dams. The firm is using its homegrown experience to extend activities overseas.

Itech Montreuil, France Tel: +33 1 48 70 47 41 Fax: +33 1 48 59 12 24.

Email: contact@itech-soft. com www. itech-soft. com Develops and distributes finite element software. The CESAR-LCPC package is a 2D & 3D finite element package for analysing excavations, foundations and tunnels. C-Tunnel provides tools for finite element analysis for tunnel design.

Konoike Construction Co Osaka, Japan Contact: Shinji Hasegawa Tel: +81 6 6244 3674 Fax: +81 6 6244 3693 Email: hasegawa_sj@konoike. co. jp www. konoike. co. jp General contractor.

Loadtest International Gainesville, Florida, US Contact: Jack Hayes Tel: + 1 352 378 3717 Fax: +1 352 378 3934 Email: info@loadtset. com www. loadtest. com Specialises in bi-directional deep foundation load testing using the Osterberg cell method, providing equipment, installation, planning and specification support, field testing and analytical services.

Marui & Co Daito City, Japan Contact: Yuji Ikari Tel: +81 72 869 3201 Fax: +81 72 869 3205 Email ikari@marui-group. co. jp www. marui-group. co. jp Manufacturing and selling material and environmental testing equipment since 1920, the firm has worked on infrastructure projects and in the development of new material and technology both in Japan and internationally.

Nippon Engineering Consultants Co Tokyo, Japan Contact: Katsushi Kawato Tel: +81 3 5394 7622 Fax: +81 3 5394 8415 Email: info@ne-con. co. jp www. ne-con. co. jp General civil engineering consultant, mainly in bridge design. Its Geo-consulting division specialises in 3D resisitivity surveys using helicopter-borne electromagnetic equipment.

Plaxis Delft, The Netherlands Contact: E Beernink Tel: +31 15 2517 720 Fax: +31 15 2573 107 www. plaxis. nl Email: info@plaxis. nl Plaxis is a range of finite element packages intended for 2D and 3D analysis of deformation, stability and groundwater fiow in geotechnical engineering.

Geotechnical applications require advanced constitutive models for the simulation of the non-linear and time-dependent behaviour of soils. Plaxis is equipped with special features to deal with the numerous aspects of complex geotechnical structures.

Profound Head offi ce, The Netherlands Contact: Peter Middendorp Tel: +31 182 640 964 Fax: +31 182 649 664 Email: info@profound. nl www. profound. nl Has more than 30 years' worldwide experience, both on and offshore, in pile testing equipment and geotechnical monitoring, including static and dynamic pile testing, pile testing services, geotechnical instrumentation, structural and vibration monitoring.

Wykeham Farrance High Wycombe, UK Contact: John Lamond Tel: +44 1628 521000 Fax: +44 1628 530300 Email: john. lamond@wfi . co. uk www. wfi . co. uk Europe's oldest designer and manufacturer of laboratory soil testing equipment with more than 60 years experience, now offers the most advanced range of dynamic soil testing systems available, including cyclic triaxial/stress path, unsaturated stress path, cyclic simple shear and hollow cylinder apparatus.

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